FROM Ellen O'Connell
Ivory Satao, thought to be one of the world’s largest living elephants, has been found dead, shot with a poisoned arrow, in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park. It’s estimated that more than 20,000 elephants were killed by poachers in Africa in 2013, and that number is actually down from the previous year. Most of the raw ivory taken by poachers ends up in China. But the US is the world’s second largest market -- and California in particular is a big destination for contraband ivory products. We take a look at the Ivory market. Why has the demand for ivory increased lately?
Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.
Trump cuts protections for ICE detainees, and Alaska saves Obamacare With the crackdown on illegal immigration, jail space is becoming harder to find. So the Trump administration is cutting back some of the regulations on immigrant detention centers. Also, when it comes to healthcare, Alaska’s insurance marketplace was on the brink of implosion until the state came up with a plan to save Obamacare.
States allowed to strip federal funds from abortion clinics President Trump signed the law allowing states to block federal funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions. Critics say this could potentially devastate the health care network that low-income women rely on for birth control and other reproductive care.
How California gave birth to Trumpism California served as an incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.